A work lunch is a great company culture-building activity. Not only does it offer a chance for your employees to bond over a meal, but it also shows your staff how much you value them and their dedication.

Here are three tips to help plan your next work lunch.

#1: Support local restaurants 

At Grubhub, we know local restaurants are the lifeblood of our communities. When ordering for your next work lunch, it’s always a good idea to pick a local restaurant to support. Corporate meal programs are a great way to direct your food budget to small and midsize restaurants in your community. 

You can consider picking a theme and suggesting relevant local restaurants. For example, In February, you can celebrate Black History Month by ordering from a Black-owned restaurant. In June, you can recognize Pride Month with LGBTQ+ owned restaurants. In September, Hispanic Heritage Month can be enjoyed with Hispanic-owned restaurants. And in November you can support Native-owned restaurants for National Native American Heritage Month.

#2: Include a social activity 

Work lunches are always more fun when a team-building activity is involved. Help the conversation flow between your employees by providing a social activity for them to enjoy during their delicious meal. You could incorporate trivia, share fun facts, play a board game, or turn it into a lunch and learn with a subject matter expert on an interesting topic.

When you include a social activity, you help foster strong connections amongst your staff which can ultimately help improve retention, morale, engagement, and overall productivity. 

#3: Choose a safe ordering option  

When it comes to ordering for your work lunches, it’s critical to put safety first. 

If your work lunches are taking place in the office, you might consider an ordering option like Grubhub’s Group Order. Group order is a great way for your team to safely order whatever they’re craving from a variety of restaurants. It’s really easy to set up — an office administrator can choose a restaurant and budget and then send out a link to the team. Orders can be placed and paid for separately by employees and arrive together, individually bagged and labeled — helping limit the number of people coming in and out of your office. All of the restaurants available on Grubhub’s platform are trained and certified to properly prepare your group order. These larger orders are an impactful way to support these restaurants in your community at a time when it’s needed most. 

If you have employees at home, you can easily allocate meal perks to individual employees working remotely. You set a budget and ordering rules, say $30 for a monthly recurring work lunch, and your team members can independently place their orders to be delivered to wherever they are working. Individual meals are a simple way to feed remote workers since they eliminate the need for personal credit cards, expense reports, or an admin needing to collect addresses.

Make work delicious with Grubhub Corporate 

Hosting a regular work lunch for your team is a great way to boost employee morale and foster a strong company culture. By supporting local restaurants, including a social team-building activity, and choosing a safe ordering option, your employees are sure to feel appreciated and valued. 

When it comes time for your next work lunch, remember that a Grubhub Corporate Account can help you easily and safely provide meals, while streamlining the billing and expense process!

Contact us to learn more